Singapore Film Locations Archive

Aladdin (1952)

Directed by B. S. Rajhans
Written by B. S. Rajhans
Language: Malay
Starring: Ali Rahman, Mariam
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)

Film Locations:
Coastal kampong
Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)
Model of the ‘Sultan Mosque’

 

THE EVER-IMAGINATIVE FILM DIRECTOR B.S. Rajhans transplants the Arabian Nights fable of Aladdin and his magic lamp to Singapore’s Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens), the famous Chinese mythological theme park by the Pasir Panjang coast in Singapore. As a result, the audience is treated to an eclectic display and mix of cultural expressions. The ubiquitous song and dance interludes in the film find actors and actresses dressed in Middle-Eastern style garb, belting out songs in Malay while synchronizing their steps in a Chinese garden brimming with myriad sculptures and ornamentation.

 

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Further Reading:
1. ‘Aladdin is worth seeing’. The Straits Times, 25 January 1952, p. 11.
2. ‘Aladdin will not make money but…’. The Straits Times, 26 January 1952, p. 4.
3. Tiger Balm Gardens. Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board, p. 2004.

Film Images:
© 1952 Malay Film Productions
© 2003 Music Valley

 

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